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Proposed FY2012 Wage Index

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To:       NHPCO Members
From:   NHPCO Regulatory Team
Re:       April 29, 2011

CMS Releases Proposed FY2012 Wage Index

Summary at a Glance:

CMS has posted the FY2012 Hospice Wage Index proposed rule, which also includes proposed rules on:

  • Adjustments to CBSA classifications
  • Estimated FY2012 Medicare rates
  • Cap methodology calculations
  • Clarifications on Face to Face Requirements
  • Quality measures

CMS posted the FY2012 Hospice Wage Index proposed rule late Thursday April 28, which includes wage index information  as well as clarifications on the face to face requirement, discussion of cap calculation methodologies and the ability of the hospice to choose between the current methodology and a patient-by-patient proportional methodology.  In addition, the proposed rule discusses the FY2014 requirement that hospices begin publicly reporting quality measures and how CMS proposes to begin that process.

The proposed rule can be viewed in its entirety on the Federal Register website.

NHPCO’s Regulatory Committee has begun the analysis of the proposed rule and will be sharing that analysis with NHPCO members in the coming days.  In addition, NHPCO will be preparing an official NHPCO comment letter to be submitted to CMS before the comment deadline of June 27, 2011.  

If you have questions or concerns, please contact regulatory@nhpco.org.